When a newspaper article about a murdered mobster from the 1940s is discovered in her grandmother's secret drawer, award-winning photographer and author Jana Marcus is launched into a decades-long quest to uncover her family's hidden history and solve a 75-year-old cold-case. But the search is a mere prologue to a far greater puzzle that takes her deep into the origins of her Jewish immigrant roots, corruption at the highest levels of New York's justice system, and a dark underworld of racketeers, gamblers, and self-made millionaires - all leading to one of the greatest unsolved murders in mob history.
From lies and sealed records to mysterious phone calls and revelations, her labyrinthine journey examines the complexity of family, eerie messages from beyond the grave, and the greed that drives men to murder. Accompanied by a retired NYPD detective, a crime scene psychic, and a revolving door of characters, Marcus' search culminates in an explosive on-the-ground investigation, as she uncovers the shocking secrets of her father's family and threads together a history, not only of her clan, but of New York itself.
"What a story! Jana Marcus takes us on a wild ride in her fierce and funny attempts to solve a seventy-five-year-old mob-murder case, but at its heart, this is a moving story of a daughter's efforts to stay connected to her dying father. Part true crime, part family memoir, Line of Blood goes all in."
– Kathryn Chetkovich, Author of Friendly Fire
"I love this story – It’s unbelievably good. Marcus takes us on her real-life investigation, not only of an unsolved murder in the golden age of the New York Gangster, but into the meaning of family and the ties that bind and separate us. A must read."
– Jim Eckhart, Screenwriter and Filmmaker
Marcus' Line of Blood is not just another personal journey story, nor a family history, nor is it a crime procedural, a crime thriller novel, or even a paranormal mystery – it is, in fact, all of them in one fascinating book. Although this is a real life story, I find it hard to believe that any novel could rival the excitement, intrigue, and mystery that this evokes. Just be prepared, because once you pick it up you will not be able to put it down until you turn the last page, and even then, you’ll want more.